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ERIC Number: ED518120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Science Education in Second Life
Merchant, Zahira
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, Feb 17-20, 2010)
The purpose of the observational study was to investigate whether spaces in Second Life (SL) displaying interactive scientific exhibits can become potential avenues to promote inquiry in teaching scientific concepts. 42 SL spaces (islands) were selected using inclusion/exclusion criteria out of 155 spaces that were found using three different sources of information. These spaces were then examined to further identify characteristics of their presence using nine measures: type of science discipline, context settings, number of exhibits, type of exhibits, media usage, clarity of instructions, realism, and level of students' engagement. Results suggest most of the SL spaces examined for this study showed a high score on all the characteristics indicating that SL can be considered as a potential avenue for promoting inquiry in Science education. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A